economy

Paul LePage

Wages and jobs surge in Maine following minimum wage increase

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has just released data from January, the first month where Maine’s new minimum wage increase was in effect, and the results are incredibly promising. Average

Maine Legislature

Gov. LePage’s justification for cutting taxes for the wealthy is farcical

Economic impact analysis is not an exact science. It is rife with assumptions. Bad assumptions result in bad analysis. And bad analysis yields bad public policy. Look no further  than

Maine Legislature

Sen. Millett’s bill would guarantee paid sick days for working Mainers

41 million people, more than a third of American workers, don’t have the option of taking a single paid sick day from their jobs. A new bill introduced Wednesday at

fair taxes

How Democrats can win back Maine

This week on the Beacon podcast, Ben and Mike discuss what an analysis of the 2016 referendum results tells us about how Democrats and progressives can win in rural Maine.

economy

Maine small business owners ask Sen. Collins not to repeal health coverage

On Thursday at the headquarters of Portland manufacturer Zootility Tools, Maine small business owners shared why they support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and called on the state’s congressional delegation,

AFL-CIO

Maine minimum wage boost “important step” ahead of Trump administration

Maine joined Arizona, Colorado and Washington state over the weekend in boosting its state minimum wage after successful ballot initiatives. In Maine, the minimum wage jumped to $9 an hour

fair wages

More than one in seven working Mainers just got a pay raise

The voter-approved minimum wage increase just took effect, increasing wages for 74,000 Mainers. Nearly 30,000 additional Maine workers are expected to receive a raise this year as employers adjust their

small business

Vice President Biden hails Maine minimum wage referendum as sign of economic progress

In this week’s White House address, Vice President Joe Biden cites the passage of the minimum wage increase referendum in Maine and similar ballot measures in three other states, all

Wall Street

Mainers join a national movement to stop predatory payday lenders

When the Maine Center for Economic Policy joined a dozen nonprofit labor, business, senior, economic justice, and community organizations from Maine to call for stronger federal consumer protections against predatory

Troy Jackson

New Senate Democratic leaders pledge to ‘fight like hell’ for working Mainers

Troy Jackson of Allagash, who is returning to the Maine State Senate this January after two-years out of office, has been selected by his colleagues to serve as leader of